2008–09 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team

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2008–09 George Mason Patriots men's basketball
George Mason Patriots wordmark.svg
NIT 1st Round, vs. Penn State, L, 77–73 OT
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
2008–09 record 22–11 (13–5 CAA)
Head coach Jim Larranaga
Assistant coach Eric Konkol
Assistant coach Chris Caputo
Assistant coach Michael Huger
Home arena Patriot Center
Seasons
2008–09 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
VCU 14 4   .778     24 10   .706
George Mason 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Old Dominion 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
Northeastern 12 6   .667     19 13   .594
Hofstra 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
Drexel 10 8   .556     15 14   .517
James Madison 9 9   .500     21 15   .583
Georgia State 8 10   .444     12 20   .375
Delaware 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
William & Mary 5 13   .278     10 20   .333
Towson 5 13   .278     12 22   .353
UNC Wilmington 3 15   .167     7 25   .219
CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team began its 43rd season of collegiate play on November 15, 2008 versus the University of Vermont. The players were looking to continue the success from their 2007–2008 season where they won the 2008 Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship game and advanced to the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The 2008–09 Patriots had a 13 – 5 regular season record and were runners-up in the 2009 Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The team reached the 2009 National Invitation Tournament, but they lost in overtime to eventual tournament champion Penn State.

Season notes[edit]

  • On February 2, 2009, it was announced that George Mason would play the Creighton Bluejays on February 21 as part of the annual ESPN Bracket Busters event.
  • On January 21, 2009, during a game versus Northeastern University, senior guard John Vaughan suffered a concussion and was carted off the court. He was taken to a local hospital and released later that night. He missed at least 1 week of action.[1]
  • On December 27, 2008, it was announced that sophomore forward Vlad Moldoveanu will be released from his basketball commitment. He enrolled at American University.[2]
  • On December 22, 2008, the George Mason men's basketball team won their 600th game in the history of the program.[3]

Awards[edit]

Second Team All-CAA

  • Darryl Monroe
  • John Vaughan

Third Team All-CAA

  • Cam Long

CAA All-Rookie Team

CAA All-Defensive Team

  • John Vaughan

CAA Player of the Week

  • Darryl Monroe – Jan. 12

CAA Rookie of the Week

  • Ryan Pearson – Nov. 17
  • Ryan Pearson – Dec. 1

Roster[edit]

2008–09 George Mason Patriots men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 33 Birdsong, LouisLouis Birdsong 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Mount Saint Joseph’s Baltimore, MD
G 2 Cornelius, AndreAndre Cornelius 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Fr Victory Christian Charlotte, NC
F 40 Fleming, ChrisChris Fleming 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Osbourn Park Manassas, VA
F 3 Foster, KevinKevin Foster 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 211 lb (96 kg) Fr Kathleen Lakeland, FL
G 5 Henderson, BrianBrian Henderson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Magruder Gaithersburg, MD
G 20 Long, CamCam Long 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 187 lb (85 kg) So Freedom Palm Bay, FL
F 32 Monroe, DarrylDarryl Monroe 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 275 lb (125 kg) RS Sr First Colonial Virginia Beach, VA
F 22 Morrison, MikeMike Morrison 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Fr Lakewood St. Petersburg, FL
G 10 Nolan, JimmyJimmy Nolan 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Archbishop McCarthy Plantation, FL
F 24 Pearson, RyanRyan Pearson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Christ the King Far Rockaway, NY
G 1 Smith, DreDre Smith 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Lamar Houston, TX
G 13 Tate, IsaiahIsaiah Tate 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 214 lb (97 kg) So DeMatha Upper Marlboro, MD
F 23 Vaughn, JohnJohn Vaughn 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 179 lb (81 kg) RS Sr Laurel Laurel, MD
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2010-07-27

Stats[edit]

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Cam Long 33 33 32.7 .462 .404 .748 4.8 3.2 1.1 .1 11.7
John Vaughan 31 29 32.3 .418 .369 .747 4.5 1.6 .9 .5 10.8
Darryl Monroe 33 33 29.6 .573 .000 .574 7.7 2.1 1.1 .5 10.5
Dre Smith 33 32 28.4 .355 .265 .784 2.8 1.0 .8 .2 8.9
Ryan Pearson 32 1 17.1 .488 .000 .643 3.8 .7 .6 .8 7.0
Louis Birdsong 33 32 22.8 .488 .308 .702 3.5 .6 .8 1.1 6.4
Andre Cornelius 33 3 18.8 .399 .324 .545 1.8 1.3 .5 .1 5.5
Mike Morrison 31 0 10.8 .545 .000 .302 2.5 .3 .1 .7 4.0
Vlad Moldoveanu 7 0 9.9 .353 .375 .500 2.1 .6 .0 .0 2.3
Isaiah Tate 28 0 9.2 .333 .257 .375 1.6 .4 .2 .0 1.9
Jimmy Nolan 6 0 4.0 .375 .333 .000 .3 .5 .0 .0 1.3
Brian Henderson 5 0 2.6 .250 1.000 .000 .4 .2 .0 .0 0.6
Chris Fleming 10 1 6.0 .125 .000 1.000 1.8 .4 .1 .1 0.4

Game log[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
November 15*
1:00 p.m.
at Vermont W 80–79 OT 1–0
Patrick Gymnasium (3,266)
Burlington, VT
November 17*
7:00 p.m.
Brown W 89–52  2–0
Patriot Center (5,469)
Fairfax, VA
November 20*
7:00 p.m.
at Hampton L 50–44  2–1
Convocation Center (2,147)
Hampton, VA
November 22*
4:30 p.m.
at East Carolina W 77–71  3–1
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum (4,781)
Greenville, NC
November 25*
7:00 p.m., MASN
Mount St. Mary's University W 72–60  4–1
Patriot Center (5,512)
Fairfax, VA
November 29*
4:00 p.m.
Ohio W 74–65  5–1
Patriot Center (5,159)
Fairfax, VA
December 1*
7:00 p.m., MASN
at Liberty L 69–66 OT 5–2
Vines Center (4,172)
Lynchburg, VA
December 6
4:30 p.m., CN8
at Drexel W 56–55  6–2
(1–0)
Daskalakis Athletic Center (1,406)
Philadelphia, PA
December 19*
7:00 p.m., MASN
Radford W 67–55  7–2
Patriot Center (5,164)
Fairfax, VA
December 22*
7:00 p.m.
Tulane W 60–52  8–2
Patriot Center (4,508)
Fairfax, VA
December 30*
7:00 p.m., MASN
at Dayton L 66–62  8–3
University of Dayton Arena (13,107)
Dayton, OH
January 3
7:00 p.m., MASN
UNC-Wilmington W 101–60  9–3
(2–0)
Patriot Center (8,010)
Fairfax, VA
January 5
5:00 p.m., Fios 1
Georgia State W 58–52  10–3
(3–0)
Patriot Center (3,841)
Fairfax, VA
January 7
7:00 p.m.
at Towson W 71–59  11–3
(4–0)
Towson Center (1,507)
Towson, MD
January 10
2:00 p.m., Comcast Sportsnet
Old Dominion W 61–53  12–3
(5–0)
Patriot Center (6,626)
Fairfax, VA
January 14
7:00 p.m.
at William & Mary W 61–57  13–3
(6–0)
Kaplan Arena (2,283)
Williamsburg, VA
January 17
2:00 p.m., CN8
James Madison W 71–57  14–3
(7–0)
Patriot Center (8,665)
Fairfax, VA
January 21
7:00 p.m., MASN
at Northeastern L 58–57  14–4
(7–1)
Matthews Arena (2,300)
Boston
January 24
4:00 p.m., ESPN2
at VCU L 76–71  14–5
(7–2)
Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,594)
Richmond, VA
January 27
7:00 p.m., CN8
Delaware W 78–55  15–5
(8–2)
Patriot Center (4,845)
Fairfax, VA
January 31
7:00 p.m., Comcast
at Old Dominion L 73–71  15–6
(8–3)
Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,424)
Norfolk, VA
February 3
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
Hofstra W 78–54  16–6
(9–3)
Patriot Center (5,067)
Fairfax, VA
February 7
2:00 p.m., Comcast
at James Madison L 68–66  16–7
(9–4)
Convocation Center (5,470)
Harrisonburg, VA
February 12
7:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Delaware L 66–58  16–8
(9–5)
Patriot Center (3,062)
Fairfax, VA
February 14
12:00 p.m., Comcast
Northeastern
Homecoming
W 64–53  17–8
(10–5)
Patriot Center (9,840)
Fairfax, VA
February 18
7:00 p.m., Fios 1
Drexel W 49–48  18–8
(11–5)
Patriot Center (5,579)
Fairfax, VA
February 21*
9:30 p.m., ESPNU
at Creighton
ESPN Bracket Busters
L 76–63  18–9
Qwest Center Omaha (17,411)
Omaha, NE
February 25
7:00 p.m., MASN
at UNC-Wilmington W 53–52  19–9
(12–5)
Trask Coliseum (3,625)
Wilmington, NC
February 28
8:00 p.m., MASN
Towson W 71–59  20–9
(13–5)
Patriot Center (9,840)
Fairfax, VA
2009 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament
March 7
6:00 p.m., Comcast
vs. James Madison
CAA Tournament
W 61–53  21–9
Richmond Coliseum (N/A)
Richmond, VA
March 8
5:30 p.m., Comcast
vs. Towson
CAA Tournament
W 56–48  22–9
Richmond Coliseum (7,925)
Richmond, VA
March 9
7:00 p.m., ESPN2
vs. VCU
CAA Tournament
L 71–50  22–10
Richmond Coliseum (11,200)
Richmond, VA
2009 National Invitation Tournament
March 17
8:00 p.m., ESPNU
at Penn State
NIT First Round, No. 2 vs No. 7
L 77–73 OT 22–11
Bryce Jordan Center (5,549)
State College, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time [4].

Recruiting[edit]

The following is a list of players signed for the 2009–10 season:

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Rashaad Whack
SG
Forestville, Maryland Bishop McNamara 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sep 6, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Paris Bennett
SF
Elizabeth, New Jersey St. Patrick's 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 21, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Vertrail Vaughns
PG
Mesquite, Texas Mesquite 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sep 28, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Johnnie Williams
PF
Memphis, Tennessee Briarcrest Christian 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Oct 19, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Luke Hancock
SF
Chatham, Virginia Hargrove Military Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Oct 19, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Sherrod Wright
SG
Mount Vernon, New York Mount Vernon 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Apr 17, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

References[edit]